China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin continue to issue offer upon offer to the United States—and other nations still caught in the quicksand of the deadly trans-Atlantic system—to join in the construction of the new global paradigm which is replacing geopolitical wars and zero-sum-game fascist economics, with the win-win results of the New Silk Road policy.
The Chinese government has just issued a white paper, “The Right to Development: China’s Philosophy, Practice and Contribution,” which documents the stunning progress made by China over recent decades in poverty reduction, longevity, education, and so on, and then goes on to explain that their Belt and Road Initiative is meant to help other nations achieve similar results. The right to development, the white paper proclaims, is the inalienable human right of all humanity.
Russian President Putin, in his annual “State of the Union” address to the Federal Assembly, reiterated his disposition to cooperate with the incoming Trump administration in the United States to “ensure international stability and security.” Putin also made it amply clear that Russia’s future lies in fostering creativity, science, and problem-solving among youth: “Our schools must promote creativity… Our children will see clearly that Russia needs their ideas and knowledge.”
This is exactly the kind of thinking which once dominated the United States of Franklin Roosevelt and even JFK, but it has become nearly incomprehensible to most Americans today, in a U.S. that has been transformed by the last 16 years of the Bush and Obama nightmares.
And yet, reawakening that spirit is the key to strategic victory against the dying British Empire. To do so will require rising to the challenge of getting the American population, and their representatives in Washington, to think in the higher realm of the true potential before us, and not the controlled tiddlywinks of Washington politics and local affairs.
In a discussion earlier today with members of the LPAC Policy Committee and Science Team, and Helga Zepp-LaRouche, Lyndon LaRouche stressed the crucial role of a renewed space program to reignite the needed optimism and inspiration about man’s purpose in the universe. The great German space scientist Krafft Ehricke is an important touchstone in that effort, LaRouche said, for the fight to bring back advances in science, culture, and economics as a single, intertwined achievement.
“The whole purpose is to understand what the future holds, or can hold, and to maintain the process on that basis,” LaRouche said. “It’s like catching up, always; of trying to do something more important, to reach it, and then to enjoy it. And then go for the next one, and reach it, and enjoy it… There has to be an element of surprise, an element of the expression of that type. That’s what makes it work. It’s not something empty; it’s something that has to be made to work.”
“We are living in our minds. If we are qualified for thinking, then we are operating in space. We should hope that we are going to break free, and thus bring mankind to a new layer of achievement.”
China has issued a major white paper, The Right to Development: China’s Philosophy, Practice and Contribution. In it China asserts that there is an “an inalienable right” for countries and people to develop.
“The right to development must be enjoyed and shared by all peoples. Realizing the right to development is the responsibility of all countries and also the obligation of the international community,” the paper says. “It requires governments of all countries to formulate development strategies and policies suited to their own realities, and it requires concerted efforts of the international community as a whole. China calls on all countries to pursue equal, open, all-round and innovative common development, promotes inclusive development, and creates conditions for all peoples to share the right to development.”
But the white paper does so much more. It clearly shows that China’s model for development and China’s political and social structure has achieved unqualified success. And while the model continues to develop, it is at a pace and in a form that is determined by the Chinese people themselves. The paper notes how China has already raised 700 million people out of poverty, now with only 5.7% of the population living under the poverty line — the first nation, the report notes, to reach the UN’s Millenium Goals. But it is not going to stop there. China is determined to eliminate poverty altogether. In March 2016, the “Outline of the 13th Five-Year Program for the National Economic and Social Development of the People’s Republic of China” was published, in which the Chinese government outlined a strategy of eliminating poverty among the rural population by 2020.
The paper also presents other stunning accomplishments in terms of the development of its labor force. In 1949, average longevity was only 35 years; in 2015, it was 76.34 years. Enrollment of school age children was about 20% in 1949; in 2015, it was 99.88%. These parameters were also reflected in the growth of GDP and the raising of the standard of living since 1978, at the beginning of the reform and opening up. From 1978 to 2015, the annual GDP increased from RMB367.9 billion to RMB68,550.6 billion, and per capita GDP grew from more than US$200 to above US$8,000. In 1978, per capita disposable income of urban households was only RMB343.4, and per capita net income of rural households was only RMB133.6. In 2015, per capita disposable income of all residents reached RMB21,966; the figures were RMB31,195 for urban residents and RMB11,422 for rural residents.
In addition the document goes on to detail the reforms that have been made in other areas, reforms in judicial system, voting reforms at the local and village level, instituting compulsory education and improving the educational and medical facilities in the countryside and for the numerous minority groups in China. A social welfare system has been set up throughout the country and a system of medical insurance is steadily expanding. The white paper also underlines the developments in the area of culture, the cultivation of the arts and music even in the more distant parts of the country, the opening up of libraries and the establishment of public museums and cultural centers. The promotion of digital museums and the expansion of the internet in rural areas, and a national campaign to encourage people to read.
The document also points out how the country is also contributing to the development of its neighbors and countries in the developing sector through the Belt and Road Initiative and through the “100 Programs” targeting developing countries, through the establishment of 100 poverty reduction programs, 100 agricultural agricultural cooperation programs, 100 hospitals and clinics, and 100 schools and vocational training centers in developing countries. In addition, 120,000 training opportunities and 150,000 scholarships will be made available to developing countries in China, and 500,000 vocational technical personnel will be trained. China will also set up a South-South Cooperation and Development Academy.
Russian President Vladimir Putin today delivered his annual “State of the Union” address to the Federal Assembly, which he chose to focus largely on “the economy, social issues, and domestic policy,” as Putin himself stated. In its closing section, Putin also included a prominent call for cooperation with the incoming Trump administration in the United States:
“Russia is also ready to work with the new U.S. administration… Cooperation between Russia and the United States in addressing global and regional issues will benefit the whole world. We have a shared responsibility to ensure international security and stability.” Putin also stated: “We do not want confrontation with anyone. We have no need for it… We do not seek and never have sought enemies. We need friends. But we will not allow our interests to be infringed upon or ignored.”
Putin reviewed the condition of Russia’s physical economy, starting with its population and demographics, and was quite blunt about both achievements and failures. After noting that infant mortality is falling, and that more people now have access to high-tech medical services, he added: “On the whole—to put it bluntly—problems in the healthcare sector remain and there are still plenty of them. They are related mostly to the primary care level. Its development should be given priority.” He emphasized the special problems of remote areas of the country that lack access, and explained that he was emphasizing all of this in his address, so that “the whole country will now follow the issue carefully.”
Putin’s discussion of education and youth focused heavily on science and creativity:
“Our schools must promote creativity. The children must learn to think independently, work both on their own and as part of a team, address unusual tasks and formulate and achieve goals, which will help them have an interesting and prosperous life… We must promote the culture of research and engineering work. The number of cutting-edge science parks for children will increase to 40 within two years. They will serve as the basis for the development of a network of technical project groups across the country. Companies, universities and research institutes should contribute to this, so that our children will see clearly that all of them have equal opportunities and an equal start in life, that Russia needs their ideas and knowledge and that they can prove their mettle in Russian companies and laboratories.”
Putin returned to this theme: “There are several things I would like to stress. Our education system must be based on the principle that all children and teenagers are gifted and can succeed in science, in creative areas and sport, in careers and in life. Our task is to help them develop their talents. When they are successful, Russia is successful too. Colleagues, I view the young generation as Russia’s reliable foundation in a turbulent and complicated 21st century. I believe that they are able not just to rise to challenges but also to make their contribution to the development of the intellectual, technological and cultural agenda of global development.”
In a formulation reminiscent of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s discussion of the need to introduce new growth factors in the Chinese and world economies, Putin emphasized that Russia has by no means turned the corner: “If we do not address the underlying problems of the Russian economy, if we do not launch new growth factors at their full force, it will stagnate for years, and we will have to constantly scrimp and save, to delay development. We cannot afford that.”